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JAKUB POLACZYK is a polish composer, pianist and musicologist. He was born in Cracow on the 8th of March in 1983. In 2013 he received the Artist Diploma in Composition (Prof. Reza Vali) as a full scholarship recipient at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where he was also a pianist of the Carnegie Contemporary Ensemble. In 2010 he received combined Bachelor/ Master Degree in Composition (2010) from the Music Academy of Cracow. There he studied composition with Assistant Professor Marcel Chyrzy?ski, orchestration with Prof. Krzysztof Penderecki and computer music with Prof. Marek Cho?oniewski. In 2008/2009 semester as part of the Socrates-Erasmus Exchange Scholars program he studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, where he refined his compositional techniques in the class of Jan van Landeghem. In 2010-2011 he took postgraduate course in film scoring and theater music at the Music Academy and Schiller Film School in Lodz. In 2008 he received Master Degree in Musicology from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow under the supervision of Prof. Ma?gorzata Wo?na-Stankiewicz, and in 2005 Bachelor Degree in Musicology under supervision of Professor Jadwiga Paja-Stach. : In 2005 he graduated from the ?elenski Secondary Music School in the piano class of Irena Rolanowska, obtaining diploma with honors. JAKUB has also received numerous awards and scholarships outside the academia. The most recent being the Iron Composer Award at the 2013 Iron Composer Competition held at Cleveland, Ohio, 2nd Prize on the :“ :Generace\" International Composition Competition in Ostrava (2011), and the winner of the Orion Orchestra Composition Competition in London (2010). In 2013 he also received artistic scholarship from the Minister of Culture of Poland - \"Young Poland\". In 2010 he received a music scholarship from the Major of the City of Krakow - Jacek Majchrowski. In both 2010 and 2007 he received the artistic scholarship from the Sapere Auso Foundation. In his music he is interested in instrumental theater , and :multimedia :art with native and :foreign :influences.
JAKUB is an active figure among international music festivals: NeoArte Spectrum in Gdansk (2014), Warsaw Autumn Festival (2014, 2011), Annual Festival of Contemporary Music in San Francisco (2013), Summer Sounds in Pavoroo in Finland (2013), Janackovy Mai in Ostrava (2013), Drusomanija in Druskienniki (2013, 2012, 2011), “Tre Colori” Festival in Budapest (2011), ISCM in Sydney (2010), Interantional Conference in La Coruna (2010), Ostrava Music Days (2009), International Contemporary Music Festival in Daegu ins South Korea (2008). He wrote pieces for such :ensembles as: NeoQuartet, Deadlo Ensemble, Lithuanian Oboe Quintet, TrombaNova, Blue Waters Orchestra, Carnegie Contemporary Ensemble, and soloists as: Catherine Gregory, Marco Ciccone, Renata Guzik, Weronika Krowka, David Whitewell, Ivan Ivanov, Cody Green and Iwona Glinka.
He was selected to participate at the prestigious summer courses, in 2014 at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium in Eugene (USA): 2013 at the “Synthesis” in Radziejowice (Poland): and Sävellyspaja (Finland): 2012 at the SOUNDscape Festival in Maccagno (Italy): in 2010 at the “Etchings Festival” in Auvillar (France): and in 2009 at the Ostrava Music Days in Ostrava (Czech Republic). JAKUB is also a prolific songwriter and also writes music for films. :JAKUB has been a member of the Polish Composers Society since 2015, and a member of the College of Music Society in the US since 2013, member of the Polish Society of Authors and Composer ZAiKS since 2014, and member of the Polish Society for Contemporary Music ISCM since 2014. In 2015 he started teaching at the New York Conservatory of Music and is associated with :NY artistic agent Stern Deeds LLC. His music was :released :by Ablaze Records and his compositions are published by: PWM, Euterpe, Fenkis in Poland :and :online by Arcomics (London) and Babel Scores (Paris). Website of the composer: :www.jakub.polaczyk.com